Thursday, July 22, 2010

a hiatus

I am taking a bit of a hiatus from the blog for a couple of months.  I have some prescheduled posts that will  automatically post, and every now and then I may write something new if I have time.

Last Friday I found out that I was selected for promotion to Chief Petty Officer in the Navy Reserve.  It's kind of a big deal and includes an eight week training period before I am actually promoted.  Think Bootcamp for Chiefs, and you'll have an inkling of the intensity of the training.

For instance, this morning my alarm went off at 0330. I woke up, got dressed, ate a banana and granola, drank water, washed my face and brushed my teeth, grabbed my pre-packed bags and was out the door at 0415.  At 0530 I was in formation with the other Chief Selectees marching up the hill to meet the Genuine Chiefs who were conducting Physical Training (PT) that morning.  We sang the National Anthem and then the fun begun.

Imagine push-ups with your feet up on a picnic bench!  Running from station to station to do pushups with your feet on a picnic bench and pullups.  Imagine even more pushups, flutter kicks and lots of other stuff I don't remember.  Oh, and people are yelling to motivate you.  Then imagine a run on top of all of that.  We ran in formation and had to make sure everyone stayed in formation.  As we completed the run and we came to a halt without warning I threw up.  But, hey, I finished, right.  At least there was an awesome sunrise while I was doing all those pushups.

Afterwards, I went straight into work and put in a full day.  This is just the beginning.  And I think I need a bit of a hiatus from the blog.

Have fun this summer and see you in a bit.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the selection to Chief your YN1-ness (guess I wont be able to call you that anymore). I found your blog a week or two ago when I was keeping up on the goings on in Farah. Of course now that I check in on the blog semi-regularly, you're going on hiatus. Anyway, good luck with the training. Keep your eye on the prize and don't let them bring you down. Wishing you all the best...

Juggernaut-6 (Ed)

sylvia/ticklethepear said...

Glad I get to see you in person at least - but I'll miss your posts!

Angela said...

Wow! A big congratulations to you!!! We need to chat more about this new development--sounds so interesting and intense.